Featured Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (15)

My reply to the baptists

Ok, so just about a day or two ago these people from the old pueblo baptist church out here in tucson tryed to leave their little flyers on my doorknob.  I didn't see them put it there, but when I stepped outside the house I noticed the flyers on the doorknob.  So I just put them in my backpack, and decided to look at them later.  So then after awhile I decided to write a response back to the pastor about leaving that stuff on my doorknob.  Here's my response back to the pastor, it's a 7…

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Added by ryan benner on March 31, 2011 at 9:04pm — 7 Comments

William Lane Craig defeated - Moral Argument

Yesterday, at NCU, William Lane Craig and Lawrence Krauss took it upon themselves to debate the possible evidence for God. Dr. Craig lists 5 premises which he believes points to the existence of a god, with #5 pointing to the existence of his particular god.  These premises are:…





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Added by Cathy Cooper on March 31, 2011 at 6:24pm — 56 Comments

A weak argument for Atheism

from Martin S Pribble

"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike." Delos Banning McKown

This quote has been appearing on Twitter from numerous accounts with the hashtags "#atheism #air" appended to the ending. This does one thing, and it's not in favour of the intended or original meaning or context of the quote. What it illustrates is that atheists… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 6:03pm — 6 Comments

21 Common logic errors

1. Ad Hominem Argument An argument that counters another’s claim or conclusion by attacking the person, rather than attacking the argument itself. (Latin, “against the man.”) A specific example of the Genetic Fallacy which assumes that an idea is not true because of its origin. E.g., a Democrat (or Republican) has a idea, therefore, it must be bad. (Also called the Fallacy of Irrelevance.)



2. Argument from Antiquity An argument is true because it has… Continue

Added by Loop Johnny on March 30, 2011 at 11:24am — 14 Comments

Understanding Genesis





Texts must be read in their original language. A Muslim will always insists that if you want to understand the Koran, you have to read it in Arabic-which is true for any text.

Things get lost in translation. Always.

The Christian English bible is full of translation errors. In fact, the strongest argument for Christianity being a false religion in my view, is the fact that the entire dogma is based on a foreign translation – and things always do indeed get…

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Added by Wassabi on March 28, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Theory of Mind

An essay by – Heather Spoonheim



A solid understanding of theory of mind (ToM) is extremely important to understanding some of the fallacies that derive from its misapplication. ToM “is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 28, 2011 at 3:00am — 15 Comments

Lend a hand (vote) to a fellow Atheist...

My school (I am a teacher) is in the running for a $25000 multimedia makeover. This means new monitors and projectors for our lab and classrooms. Right now we have a 6 year old projector and all 6+ year old "old school" monitors. I would appreciate your help by voting for my school. Just follow the link http://is.gd/vvs25k. (Here is the raw unedited link:…

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Added by Chris Moran on March 25, 2011 at 9:00am — 17 Comments

The Bible is NOT Fiction

An essay by - Heather Spoonheim

 

All too often I hear fellow Atheists say, “Using the Bible as proof of God is like using a comic book as proof of Superman.” I always find this statement offensive because it shows a very malicious irreverence for a book that I greatly revere. I would like to encourage Atheists that are in the habit of using the above remark to consider saying, instead, “Using the Bible as proof of God is like…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 21, 2011 at 10:28am — 102 Comments

If you have to be Genius to be Atheist, We are in Real Trouble

 

Over the past three years I have been using Stumble Upon as a resource for atheist sites. I have read thousands of blogs and arguments between atheists and “christians.” I know how frustrating these debates can be because there is clearly no convincing some christians that what they believe is completely ridiculous. Regardless of how frustrating debates with “believers” can be, my deeper concern is that most of the current population does not have the…

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Added by perspicacity on March 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — 36 Comments

Invisible Pink Unicorns

Why do so many people refute the existence of invisible pink unicorns? What sort of childhood trauma could make a person so hateful as to suggest that invisible pink unicorns don’t exist? It’s so comforting to just think of them galloping silently around us, watching out for us (while also keeping an eye out for low prices) that I’m deeply saddened to think that anyone lives without this comfort. How sad it must be to live everyday without…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 18, 2011 at 7:53am — 7 Comments

My Journey and a bit about where I came from.

I want to start off by saying how much I enjoy this site. I have learned a lot so far. You All Rock!!!

 

I am in a fledgling (noob) state of atheism so I am like a sponge for learning more about my awakening. It started not too long ago with my wife's cousin openly expressing that he is an atheist. He made statements that angered me at first. But I was drawn to find out why he felt the way he did. This got me to "bible study" so to speak. Little did I know it got my brain back…

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Added by Walter Maki on March 17, 2011 at 3:10pm — 30 Comments

Who is TamTamPamela?

            Just in case you have been confused by recent buzz about TamTamPamela and the resulting YouTube flamewars, I thought I would summarize the events here.  For the past year, a girl calling herself TamTamPamela has been posting videos to YouTube which echo some extremely fundamentalist Christian views.  Several atheists had been adding harsh comments to her channel, but she seemed rather unfazed and continued to upload videos of the same format.

            After the March…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 15, 2011 at 8:04am — 42 Comments

Reaching the Promised Land

God is an omniscient being. Having no end and no beginning, from the beginning of time, God has known all. If you know all, there is nothing to be learned. Nothing to be gained from living or experiencing the world or life. This creature knew what was to happen before it did. So what is gained from simply being for 3000 years? Well, if you are God, you have learned that you didn't plan well which would seem to run against the idea of omniscience. The story of Moses clearly points to a God…

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Added by Gaytor on March 13, 2011 at 6:05am — 5 Comments

Ugandans Deceived

I was told to watch an interesting documentary called The Worlds Worst Place to be Gay with Scott Mills.  Scott travels to Uganda to explore their views of homosexuality and discovers just how horrendous it is to be gay there.  The media regularly prints headlines with gay men and women being outed and encouraging them to be hanged, beaten and murdered.  This is seen as the norm in Uganda due to the deeply religious culture based on Christianity.  Pastors are funded to keep promoting hate…

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Added by Paul Sheppard on March 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

5 Tips for debating with theists about your beliefs (or lack thereof)





Virtually every atheist/agnostic encounters those who would attempt to debate them on the merits of their religion, or theism in general.

We all face similar problems, and would like to represent ourselves and…

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Added by Kevin B on March 2, 2011 at 1:39pm — 11 Comments

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